A Short Guide to Action Research 4 th Edition. Andrew P. Johnson, Ph.D. Minnesota State University, Mankato www.OPDT-Johnson.com. Chapter 15: Strategies for Professional Growth and Development. www.OPDT-Johnson.com. ACTION RESEARCH AND THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF TEACHERS
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Andrew P. Johnson, Ph.D.
Minnesota State University, Mankato
1. Master teachers spend years learning, developing, and refining their teaching craft
2. Once in the field, professional development is up to each teacher and school district
3. Teaching practices need to continue to evolve
4. Action research is an efficient and effective method to address the professional development of teachers
1. Experts in any field have a substantial and organized body of knowledge
2. Expanding one’s knowledge base is one important form of professional development
3. Look for knowledge research related to teaching and learning, pedagogy, neuroscience and cognition, or specific subject areas
4. Devise a systematic reading plan
6. Attend professional conferences
7. Take college courses or work on an advanced degree
8. Observe and analyze your own teaching practice